Directed by: Lucio A. Rojas
Starring: Daniel Antivilo (Juan), Catalina Martin (Andrea), Macarena Carrere (Camila), Ximena del Solar (Julia), Dominga Bofill (Magdalena), Felipe Rios (Mario), Alejandro Trejo (Agent)
Country: Chile, South American Cinema
Language: Spanish (Eng Subs)
Genres: Gruesome, Captivity, Rape-Sexual-Violence against Women, Torture, Gay, Home Invasion, Incest, Lesbian, Revenge, Siblings-Family
Plot – Spoilers:
Trauma starts off with a shocking scene set in the era of Pinochet (late ’70s Chile). We then move to contemporary times, where one of the characters from this scene has now blossomed into a nasty being, whom the folk in his small Chilean town fear down to their balls. Into this town arrive four Santiago women, including a lesbian couple. The idea is to party at a family home, an idea that soon turns into a gate-crashed event.
Trauma is regarded by some as a sort of spiritual successor to A Serbian Film. And you can see why – the political overtones are there here too, though more obviously. There’s also a terrible scene involving a baby (that’s kept more off-the-camera here). But if you ask me (for whatever reason, if you do), Trauma is best watched on its own merit. Comparing it with the other masterpiece will only lead to disappointment.